Theoretical lectures will give the fundament for practical lab-work on a) degradation, formation of metabolites and description of degradation kinetics b) effects of cattle’s intake of medicine on insects living on cattle manure c) use of plant root systems for uptake of pharmaceutical residues in the environment d) uptake and excretion in urine of bioactive compounds from rye bread e) toxicology testing in cell cultures f) effect of dietary phytochemicals on pesticide degradation in honeybees.
Thousands of molecules influence the biological interactions in ecological systems. The overall objective of the Bioactive Molecules in Agroecology course from Aarhus University is that the students achieve understanding of the importance of bioactive molecules in agroecological interactions. The students get acquainted with bioactive plant defense compounds, phytochemicals, contaminants and pesticides and will obtain the qualifications for explaining how the structure of the compounds determines their uptake in neighbouring biological organisms or in mammal consumers, their possible beneficial or negative effects as well as their transformation in soil or biological organisms. Student qualifications will cover both theoretical understanding and experience in performing laboratory assays related to fate and effects of bioactive compounds.
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On completion of the course the students have attained competence to:
- Classify bioactive compounds of importance in agriculture on basis of their structure, physico-chemical properties and their origin.
- Explain the degradation (aerobic and/or anaerobic) and sorption processes of small bioactive molecules in soil, water, atmosphere and conclude on the factors that influence these processes.
- Analyse the content of bioactive molecules and their degradation products in soil with LC-MSMS analytical equipment and model the kinetics for the process
- Evaluate the applicability of the newest practical methods used in bioactive molecules research: quantitative measurements of residues in the environment and body fluids, toxicological cell tests, uptake and transformation in plants and mammals, effect of natural compounds fed to bees on the bees’ capacity of transforming pesticides.
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- 12 days
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesBiology Agribusiness Agriculture
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A relevant bachelor's degree within Science and Technology.
- Exchange students: nomination from your home university
- Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency
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International1245 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1245 EUR for the full programme during 12 days.
EU/EEA138 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 138 EUR for the full programme during 12 days.
Exchange students: No Fee
Living costs for Flakkebjerg
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.